On Bolinn Hill, above the waters of Loch Garry, lie the remains of this small township.

The 1st edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map (1873) records Bolinn as a ruin.

Bolinn township

The view over Loch Garry from the remains of the township of Bolinn. © Hector Rogers

Bolinn township landscape

The landowner served eviction notices to the tenants in 1787; they had to leave their land. But people did not completely abandon the township at this point.

In 1802, the MacDonells and Stewarts of Bolinn were on the passenger list for a ship to Canada. Like many others from the surrounding area, they left Scotland and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to a new life. These families were following in the footsteps of their own kin who had already settled in Glengarry County in Canada.

The remains of a byre-dwelling, where people lived at one end, cattle at the other. © Hector Rogers

Bolinn township ruins

Local parish records show people from Bolinn still getting married and registering the birth of their children until the early 19th century.The last record was in 1819, announcing the birth of Duncan Grant.

Visiting Bolinn

The exact location of Bolinn is grid reference NH 260 016.

The Glengarry car park is best for access to the forest.

The site is accessible by foot after a long walk. While there is no official trail to the site, the forest tracks lead almost directly to it. It is a long walk though, and is recommended only for experienced walkers using maps and GPS. Please wear appropriate footware. The Glengarry Heritage Centre will provide further information if required.

All sites managed by Forestry Commission Scotland are open for you to explore. However, not all sites have paths or signage and some are a considerable distance from car parking. We recommend that visitors consult a detailed map and wear appropriate clothing.

Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and remember that historic sites should be treated with care and respect.